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Monday, September 16, 2019

Theatre Southwest 15th Annual Reader's Theatre

Approximately 8-12 selected plays will be read and voted on by the attending audience. One $100 prize will be awarded to the play voted on as audience favorite.

General guidelines

  • Limit of two entries per playwright of an original work that has not been published or produced.
  • Monologues and one person plays are not accepted.
  • All genres are accepted (light comedies, heavy dramas, thrillers, mystery, sci-fi, satire) with no regard to language or subject matter.
  • All plays should be 5 to 10 minutes long, no exceptions. (If using standard play format a good gauge is 4-11 pages, excluding title page).
  • Plays should be conducive to Reader's Theatre with simple stage directions and a story expressed through dialogue, not action.


Submission guidelines

  • Scripts are accepted via mail only (no email, no PDFs) and must be postmarked by (October 21, 2019). Scripts are not returned.
  • Scripts should have a title page that includes the play title and playwright's contact information, as well as a list of characters and a brief synopsis of the play. Script pages should be numbered.
  • ALL scripts should be stapled in the upper left-hand corner.
  • There is NO ENTRY FEE.


Playwrights selected will be informed prior to the event.

Mail entries to:
Theatre Southwest
8944-A Clarkcrest
Houston, TX 77063
Attn: TSW-RTM

The Growing Stage Theatre New Play-Reading Festival Submission 2019

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Submissions OPEN till Oct. 1st.

This project is open to any unpublished and unproduced TYA scripts to be considered as one of four plays to be featured in the New Play-Reading Festival this coming season at The Growing Stage Theatre – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey.

The New Play-Reading Festival is a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished works presented before an audience, in a play-reading scenario, by a cast consisting of both professional and amateur actors on two separate rounds during our season.  After each reading, there is a dialogue among the audience, performers and playwright, if present. After 2nd Round of play readings, one of the four scripts are then selected to be presented as a fully mounted production in The Growing Stage’s 2020-2021 season!

Plays should be intended for young audiences through high school age and have a minimum performance length of approximately 45 minutes.

Scripts may be previously workshopped, but must be unpublished and not committed to publication.
Supporting materials (resumes, photos, reviews, etc.) should not accompany submissions.

Playwright may submit up to two scripts.

We do ask that scripts be submitted via email as a PDF to Danny Campos, New Play-Reading Festival Director at newplays@growingstage.com

The playwright’s name must not be visible anywhere on the script.  Please include the playwright’s name, address, phone, and play title in your email submission.

If you choose to send a manuscript via mail please note that the script cannot be returned.  Playwrights should include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for confirmation of receipt of their scripts.

Musicals are eligible.  Submissions must include a sample recording of the music and lyrics.  Please do not send a written score.

Playwrights shall allow the release of their names, addresses, and play titles to The Growing Stage.
If your script submission is an adaptation, we do ask that you also please include proof that you have permission from the author to adapt their work.
Mailed submissions should be sent to:

Danny Campos
The Growing Stage – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey
PO Box 36
Netcong, NJ 07857

newplays@growingstage.com

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Raven Short Play FESTIVAL

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Raven Short Play Festival is an original short-play competition hosted by the Raven Players of Healdsburg, California.

THEME:  for the first festival THEME is “Love Bites” original works that generally focus on the joy, heartbreak, humor and/or tragedy of any type of love

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  October 15, 2019
FESTIVAL DATES:  2/28, 2/29 AND 3/1/20 at the Raven Performing Arts Theater

PRIZES: Winners will receive $100 prize; 2 free festival tickets; recognition in festival program ad publicity

NUMBER OF PLAYS IN FINAL PRODUCTION: There will be 15 plays in the final Festival Production

LENGTH:  10 to 20 pages in length (max 20 minutes in duration)

PARTICIPANTS:  submissions made be made by anyone who wishes to submit, from anywhere in the world.  Up to three plays per playwright may be submitted

FEES:  no submission fees to playwrights

LANGUAGE:  plays must be submitted in English

FORMAT:  plays should be submitted in standard stage-play script format, saved as PDF file and submitted via  http://rpat.org/index.php?p=34  IMPORTANT:  please include cover page with the Title of play, but NOT name of playwright. No Footers/headers with playwright’s name

SUBMISSION LIMITS:  Playwrights may submit up to three plays.

SPECS: Original works only. Plays may have maximum of 4 cast members, with minimal sets, costumes or theatrical effects.  No children’s/young adult plays.  No musicals

REVIEW PROCESS
There will be three steps in the selection review process.  Identities of playwrights will be hidden from the review committee to ensure equal opportunities

1. All plays will be reviewed by Festival administration to ensure qualification.  

2. First round of reviews by Semi-finalists Selection Committee which will result in selection of 30 semi-finalist plays  

3. Second round to Final Review Committee to select 15 plays

PRODUCTION: The festival will produce 5 plays per performance, each play will receive one performance

TIMELINE:

-  Open field for submissions:  9/15/19.   MUST BE RECEIVED BY NO LATER THAN 10/15/19

-  Final Winner selections announced:  by 12/15/19
-  Casting/rehearsals for production:  begin 1/2/20

-  Festival Production dates: 2/28, 2/29 and 3/1/20

Avante Garage Theatre Company seeks 10-minute plays

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The award winning Avante Garage Theatre Company announces their next ambitious project - "WORD POWER! Impolite Poems, Plays and Power Ballads of Protest!" This three-performance special engagement will consist of a collection of poems, short stories, 10 minute (or shorter) plays and songs that demonstrate the frustrations that many Americans are having right now with the state of our country and the world at large.

The Avante Garage is soliciting submissions from American Playwrights, Poets, Writers and Composers to be considered for this project. They are looking for new material of all varieties but special consideration will be given to pieces that are comedic in nature. Creators will retain copyright ownership of all materials chosen for these performances.

They are also looking for actors, singers and oral interpreters to perform these protest pieces. If you'd like to perform your own piece and are either located in Los Angeles or can travel to LA on your own dime, please indicate such in your submission. There is no compensation for writers or actors for these special performances as all profits will be donated to National Not For Profits that are fighting to make our country and the world a safer, more just place for ALL Americans. (They are currently considering The ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center and EarthJustice.)

This inaugural event of what promises to be an annual tradition will be held in Los Angeles, CA in mid November 2019. Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2019.

Please make all submissions in pdf format following generally accepted script formatting. For original songs, please include either a mp3 file or a link to a recording of the song. Actors should submit headshots and resumes.

To submit your original work to "Word Power!" Please email all materials along with a short bio and a short statement about what specifically your piece is protesting to avantegarage@gmail.com. For more information about The Avante Garage Theatre Company, please visit avantegarage.com.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Jewish Theater Lab

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Gallery Players at the Columbus JCC is seeking original works for Jewish Theater Lab, a project to debut during our 2019-2020 season. We are looking for new plays and musicals with Jewish themes, characters, content or perspectives. Staged readings will be presented over two performances in April 2020 in the Roth/Resler Theater at the Columbus JCC with the potential for fully staged productions during subsequent seasons. Send your resume, full script and contact info to: Giselle Siegel, Gallery Players Artistic Director.

Email: gsiegel@columbusjcc.org.

Snail mail: JCC Gallery Players, 1125 College Ave, Columbus, OH 43209

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis


Website: www.jccgalleryplayers.org Mission Statement: Gallery Players produces theater of the highest artistic expression, reflecting a Jewish perspective while exploring our common humanity. Building on its rich history, Gallery Players strives to challenge and inspire audiences and artists alike.

The New Harmony Project

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The New Harmony Project is pleased to accept applications of un-produced stage play scripts, musicals, screenplays and teleplays through October 1, 2019. Our streamlined online process will facilitate you uploading your materials in only a few minutes.

What is The Project looking for in a script? We’re looking for scripts that sensitively and truthfully explore the positive aspects of life. If you’ve read our mission statement and you’re still not sure your work is right for the conference, you can gain a fuller sense of our aesthetic and philosophical interests by perusing our roster of writers and scripts that have recently found an artistic home at our conference. The New Harmony Project recognizes that we live in complex times, and we seek stories that honor a multiplicity of perspectives.

What does The Project provide? We provide a creative community and unparalleled level of artistic support. There is no cost to attend the spring conference, and all meals, travel and housing are covered. Additionally, we provide a modest stipend to participants.   

Due to the volume of applications received, we will only accept ONE script per writer. 

When you are ready to complete your application, simply click the button below to be taken to our online system powered by Submittable. Once items have been submitted, we, unfortunately, will not be able to accept updates or changes.

If you have any questions, please email submissions@newharmonyproject.org (please, no phone calls). We look forward to reading your work, and thank you for taking the time to share it with us.

REVA SHINER COMEDY AWARD 2019

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The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize of $1,000, a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2020-21 Season.

Scripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2019.

Previous winners have gone on to enjoy productions around the world and to garner additional honors such as the National Play Award.

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2020-21 Reva Shiner Comedy Award.


  • "Full-length" plays will have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
  • Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission. Plays that have received developmental readings, workshop productions, or productions at small theatre companies are acceptable. No scripts with previous productions at major regional theaters will be accepted. Once entered, subsequent activity does not change the acceptability of the script.
  • Each submission must include a synopsis (1 page or less) including the cast size. A separate page should include a brief bio of the playwright, and production/development history if applicable.
  • Each submission must include a cover letter with contact information and a $10.00 reader fee. Agent submissions require no fee. The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. The BPP only accepts U.S. checks or money orders (Make check payable to "BPP"). No international checks or money orders will be accepted. If submitting internationally or if you want to avoid paying by check, pay online with your credit card here:


It is preferable for musicals to include a demo CD. The complete score is not necessary but may be included. All plays are read by BPP's literary personnel led by and including the Literary Manager and Artistic Director.

We do not accept e-mail submissions. Scripts will not be returned. Blind submissions are not necessary. Please include all contact information. Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.

The BPP reserves the right not to name a winner and/or name a winner but not commit to a reading or production.

Send to:
Bloomington Playwrights Project
107 W. 9th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404

For further information, write BPP, Attn: Literary Manager, 107 W. 9th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404. For faster replies, please e-mail us at literarymanager@newplays.org

Friday, September 13, 2019

PlayPenn New Play Development Conference 2020

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Beginning September 1, PlayPenn will be accepting applications for its 2020 New Play Development Conference; we are pleased to request your full length, unproduced script for consideration. Please review the guidelines carefully and completely before making application.  Your application must be uploaded and complete by September 30, 2019 or it cannot be considered.

Currently, we are not considering musicals, plays for young audiences or one-person plays.  Also, if you were a 2019 Conference playwright we ask you to observe a one-year hiatus from applying.

The 2020 Conference will be held in Philadelphia, PA from July 7-26, 2020 at The Drake Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. Invited playwrights will have the opportunity to work with a director, dramaturg and Philadelphia-based, professional actors over a 20-day period that allows for 29 hours of rehearsal and staged reading time as well as ample time to reflect and write.

The work will begin with a three-day roundtable (July 7-9) that will help in laying the collaborative groundwork for the development time ahead. The Conference includes two public staged readings that are intended as a part of the process, giving playwrights an opportunity to measure the efficacy of the work accomplished and provide an opportunity to gauge the work ahead.

PlayPenn will provide travel for casting, travel to and from the conference, housing, per diem and a stipend.

Applicants should be aware of the following points about PlayPenn:

·  We are a development conference rather than a festival or showcase for new work. The distinction is important and meaningful to us in the current climate of the increasing commercialization of play development;

·  We work to avoid participation in what has become known as “development hell” by placing authority in the hands of the playwright and fostering an environment in which risk is rewarded and honest assessment is encouraged and provided;

·  We make a concerted effort to provide an experience that relieves writers of the distractions of the day-to-day world;

·  We expect playwrights who accept a place at the Conference to work on their play.  The Conference is not intended as an opportunity for playwrights to simply hear their plays in a rehearsed reading.

·  We focus on the needs of the text. The public Conference readings are intended to present a glimpse into how the text lives off the page rather than how the play might be augmented or staged in production.

From the time of invitation to participate at PlayPenn, we expect that playwrights will accept no invitations for development that precede the July Conference dates.

For our application process, PlayPenn uses the Submittable platform.  Please upload the following with no identifying information in the document or the document name:

1. An original script in .pdf format with no identifying information (no name on the document). Applications that are submitted in non-pdf format will not be considered.

2. Your current resume (.pdf) with no identifying information (playwright name or agent).

3. A casting breakdown and the number of actors required (.pdf) (no name on the document).  Please do not assume that doubling schemes are obvious.  We want to know how many actors your play requires in a workshop setting.

4. The play's development and production history (.pdf) (no name on the document). Plays that have had readings are eligible.  Plays that have been produced or that have been through multiple development processes are not eligible.

5.  List three areas of challenge in your play that you’d like to address while you’re at PlayPenn (.pdf) (no name on the document). Please be specific.

***If your files include the playwright’s name, your application will be disqualified***

PlayPenn does not accept agent submissions.

Your application must be uploaded and complete by midnight September 30, 2019 or it cannot be considered.

Because of the number of applications we receive, and the labor intensive nature of responsibly considering your play, we are unable to provide individual feedback.

Thank you for your application. We look forward to reading your work.

The Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence 2019

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This annual award was established to honor past member and playwright, Bob Pickering, and to provide a vehicle for playwrights to see their works produced. Over 30 plays have been produced over since 1984. $200 is awarded for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

Deadline:

Manuscripts must be received by December 31st

Types of plays accepted

Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. Unable to return without a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Selection Process:

Chairman and committee members read and review each entry and select ten finalists from which the first, second and third place winners are chosen.

Production:

Branch County Community Theatre reserves the right and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.

Production House:

BCCT productions are staged in the historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Built in 1882, Tibbits is a completely restored 500-seat proscenium theater.

Send submissions to:
Branch County Community Theatre
14 S. Hanchett St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

Thursday, September 12, 2019

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Cape Cod Theater Project seeks plays

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Applications for the 2020 Season will be accepted September 1 – September 30, 2019.

Playwrights may send one play per season for consideration. The proposed play must still be in development and cannot have received a professional production, or a production that has been reviewed, prior to August 2020.

To apply, please email a PDF of the script to capecodlit@gmail.com. Please label the document using your first and last name as well as the play’s title. For example: janesmithplaytitle.pdf

In addition, please include in your email a short biography and a brief artistic statement on how you propose to use your development time at CCTP. The bio and statement of intentions should be included in the body of the email.

As we rely on the kindness of our donors for housing, we usually limit our cast sizes to no more than six actors, though there have been exceptions.

As of November 1, 2011, we no longer review hard copies of scripts sent by mail.

The CCTP staff  does not provide feedback on any submitted materials.

We look forward to reading your work.

THE NYC WOMEN'S FUND FOR MEDIA, MUSIC AND THEATRE

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The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre provides grants to encourage and support the creation of digital, film, music, television, and live theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women.

The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre is the latest in a groundbreaking series of initiatives by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) to address the underrepresentation of those who identify as women in film, music, television, and theatre. New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to administer this Fund, which this year adds music as a category.

The program will provide:

Finishing grants for film, television, and digital projects
Funds for the creation of music recordings or videos
Production funds for live theatre
In addition to being made by, for, or about all who identify as women, projects are eligible if they feature a strong female perspective; and/or include a female-identified director and/or producer and/or writer/songwriter and/or engineer (for recordings) and/or female protagonist(s) or lead musical role.

Grants will be given in the following categories (amounts listed are the maximum potential grant):

Fiction Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - $50,000
Fiction Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - $25,000
Fiction Webisode/Webseries (all forms) - $20,000
Documentary Feature (running time of 60 minutes or more) - 50,000
Documentary Short (running time of 59 minutes or less) - $25,000
Documentary Webisodes/Webseries (all lengths and forms) - $20,000
Music: Classical/Experimental/Jazz/New Music - $20,000
Music General - $20,000
Theatre Production - grant amounts up to $50,000
In 2019, finishing funds in the combined amount of $1.5 million were awarded to 63 film, TV, theatre, and digital media projects made by creatives who identify as women.

This is the second round of a $5 million, three-year program made possible through the City of New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME). The NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre will be available for one additional award cycle opening in Summer 2020 (for 2021).

Applications for the 2020 cycle will be available on Wednesday, July 10 and will close on Tuesday, October 1 at 11:59 PM EST. Recipients will be announced in March 2020. View NYC Women's Fund FAQs here, and click below to view guidelines for each project category.

Film Project Guidelines
Music Project Guidelines
Theatre Project Guidelines

Anyone can apply and be awarded a grant regardless of actual or perceived sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, partnership status, marital status, disability (including use of a service animal), race, color, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, military status, or any other class protected by City, State, or Federal law.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Princeton Arts Fellow

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Princeton Arts Fellows, funded in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be awarded to artists whose achievements have been recognized as demonstrating extraordinary promise in any area of artistic practice and teaching.

We will be accepting applications in Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts.

Applicants should be early career composers, conductors, musicians, choreographers, visual artists, film makers, poets, novelists, playwrights, designers, directors and performance artists -- this list is not meant to be exhaustive -- who would find it beneficial to spend two years working in an artistically vibrant university community.

Fellowships are for two 9-month academic years. An $83,000 salary for each year is included. Fellows will be in residence for academic years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 at Princeton, interacting with our students, faculty and staff as part of the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music. The normal work assignment will be to teach one course each semester subject to approval by the Dean of the Faculty, but Fellows may be asked to take on an artistic assignment in lieu of a class, such as directing a play or creating a dance with students. Although the teaching load is light, our expectation is that Fellows will be full and active members of our community, committed to frequent and engaged interactions with students during the academic year.

Princeton Arts Fellows may not hold concurrent teaching positions at other institutions for the duration of the fellowship.

Interviews of finalists will take place on campus during January 6-7, 2020. All finalists are expected to attend the on-campus interview.

While Fellows need not reside in Princeton, they will be required to spend a significant part of the week on campus.

This Fellowship cannot be used to fund work leading to a Ph.D. or any other advanced degree. Holders of Ph.D. degrees from Princeton are not eligible to apply.

Please apply online by September 17, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EST. 

All applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of 500 words about how you would hope to use the two years of the fellowship at this moment in your career, and contact information for three references (please do not ask recommenders to send letters; the search committee will contact relevant recommenders directly). In addition, work samples should be submitted online (i.e., a writing sample, images of your work, video links to performances, etc.).

Applicants can only apply for the Princeton Arts Fellowship twice in a life time.

We cannot confirm receipt of applications nor can we accept applications submitted after the deadline. Statements are limited to 500 words and writing samples to 3,000 words.

Selection will be based on artistic achievement; the potential for excellent teaching; and the likelihood of significant contributions to the artistic life of the Princeton community. Appointments will be made at the rank of lecturer.

Advanced degree preferred.

To learn more (including FAQ, profiles of past fellows, etc.): arts.princeton.edu/fellowships

These positions are subject to the University's background check policy.

Requisition No: D-19-LCA-00006
*Required information is denoted with an asterisk.

How to Apply
The form online must be completed to submit your application for this position.

It is recommended that you read through the entire application and gather the required application materials before beginning your application. You will not be able to save or return to edit a partial application. Only complete applications will be accepted for consideration and the application form must be completed in its entirety before it can be submitted.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email at the email address that you provide in your application. In some cases, your references may be contacted using the email address that you provide for them and may be asked to provide their recommendation via a web-based form similar to the application form.

Be sure to provide the correct email addresses for you and all of your references to ensure that communications from Princeton University are properly delivered.

For more information send an email to lca-fellowships@princeton.edu or call 609-258-0788 .

The Landing Theatre Company seeks full-length plays

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 The fee is waived for Dramatists Guild Members. 

From August 1 - September 30 The Landing Theatre Company accepts ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­full-length plays for ­­­­­­­­­­­­the New American Voices Playwriting Festival.

Four plays will be selected for staged readings during the Landing Theatre Company's Spring Festival in Houston, Texas.

Selected playwrights must attend the readings.  

A stipend of $100 will be awarded to each winning playwright.  Playwrights must cover their own travel expenses.

The New American Voices Playwriting Festival is now in partnership with Monologue Bank, a non-profit online organization seeking high caliber monologues from original plays.  Playwrights may be contacted if their work contains any material of interest to Monologue Bank.

There is a $15 fee for submitting, which is used to cover the cost of script processing and to pay selection panelists for their time and expertise. The fee is waived for Dramatists Guild Members. 

Submission Deadlines

1. Submissions accepted from August 1 - September 30.


Format

1. Selected playwrights must attend the festival.

2. Each playwright will be paired with a local director prior to the festival to prepare for the event.

3. Director will cast the play prior to the festival.

4. Each production will receive at least two rehearsals prior to the official reading.

5. One rehearsal will be scheduled when the playwright can attend.

6. The play will then be read in front of an audience, with a moderated discussion of the play afterwards.


Submissions must meet the following criteria:

1. Playwright must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States of America.

2. Play must not have been produced.

3. Play must not have had a public reading in the Houston area.

4. Submission must be received on or before September 30th.

5. Submission must be a minimum of 30 pages long and have a minimum run time of 45 minutes.

6. Submission must be in .doc, .pdf or .rtf format.

7. Plays are given blind reads, so there should be no playwright identifiers anywhere on the script. Your name and contact information should only be in the submission form.

8. Only one play per playwright per submission period.

9. No musicals, children's plays, or one-person plays.

10. Original scripts only.  No adaptations or works that involve third party rights.

11. Playwrights will only be notified if your play is selected.


SUBMIT YOUR SCRIPT FOR CONSIDERATION HERE.  DRAMATISTS GUILD MEMBERS, SUBMIT HERE.

Please contact us at landingtheatresubmissions@gmail.com, if you have any questions.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Clay & Water 2020 Second Annual Playwrights’ Retreat

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Application Deadline:  October 31, 2019

Retreat Dates:  January 25-30, 2020 (Departure January 31)

Discover Clay County, Florida. Stay within walking distance of Green Cove Springs’ famous Spring Park and of the lovely St. Johns River, at the River Park Inn–a beautifully renovated historic bed & breakfast. Recharge your batteries, and focus on your writing.

HOW IT WORKS

We provide accommodations, a no-pressure developmental reading of your work-in-progress, and a chance to see some of the points of interest of the surrounding area to five selected playwrights.

Accommodations
Accommodations are fully covered by Clamour at the historic River Park Inn, a beautiful bed & breakfast just steps away from Spring Park and the St. Johns River in Green Cove Springs, Florida.

Travel
EXPECT TO PAY YOUR OWN WAY HERE. Fly into Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) where we’ll pick you up, or drive yourself to Green Cove Springs. (There’s also an Amtrak station in Jacksonville, if needed.)

Arrival day is Saturday, January 25, 2020 and departure day is Friday, January 31. Late arrival and/or early departure is not allowed, because there will be many applicants who are able to attend for the full week.

Food
Breakfast is provided.  You will be responsible for your other meals while you are here.

There are a few reasonable restaurants, a wine bar, and a coffee shop within walking distance of the bed & breakfast inn where you’ll be staying, and we’ll get you to a grocery store at the beginning of the week. Be aware, however, that there are no cooking facilities available at the inn. There is a small refrigerator, so you could keep some sandwich fixings and fruit and the like at hand. Breakfast is included daily at the Inn (proprietor’s choice). Nearby restaurants are Mexican, wings and burgers, and soup and sandwich lunches, so if you have serious special dietary requirements, this may not be the retreat for you!

Readings
Each playwright will get a developmental reading of a work-in-progress.

We will provide local actors for readings. Readings will be in the evenings and open to the public at no charge–and will be fully understood to be unrehearsed, cold readings for development and NOT performances.

Whether you want your reading early in the week so you can spend the rest of the time on rewrites or you want to write first and read later, we will try to make that work within the framework of all requests. There will be a moderated audience feedback session at your reading. (Don’t worry! Our audiences are supportive.)

Meet-and-Greets
We do ask you to be available for two informal meet-and-greet Q&A sessions with local students and/or other interested community members to answer questions about the craft and business of playwriting. These will be held either within walking distance of the Inn or transportation will be provided.

Sightseeing Opportunities
Two optional sightseeing opportunities will be scheduled.  One will be a short trip to see various points of interest in Clay County. A longer excursion can be arranged toward the end of the week to see St. Augustine. Transportation will be provided. Any entrance fees to historical sites or other attractions are your responsibility.

Can I apply again?
If you applied to a previous retreat and were not accepted at that time, by all means, please apply again.  We’re looking for the right combination of people, so many factors go into selection. You should never feel that not being chosen in any given year is a reflection on your writing.

If you were accepted and attended a previous retreat, as much as we would love to see you again, we’d like to keep meeting new people.  We will probably not be able to invite you back again at this time.

Anything else?
Aside from being at the Meet-and-Greets and at your own reading, attendance at readings and tourist opportunities is optional.

We are working on the funding for small travel stipends and meal allowances, but we cannot promise that. For now, expect to pay your own way here and to feed yourself.

How to Apply
To apply: Contact Elaine at esmith@clamourtheatre.org up to and including October 31, 2019 and introduce yourself. Tell us a little about yourself both personally and professionally, and tell us what you plan to work on while you’re here. Ask any questions you may have. There is no application fee, but we would like to see a short writing sample (no more than ten pages in a PDF).  Note:  Writing sample requirement is waived if you have previously submitted a ten-minute or full length play to Clamour.


Small Fish Radio Theatre and Thespianarium 10-MINUTE RADIO PLAY HORROR SHOW

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DEADLINE September 15th at the stroke of midnight.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions must be specific to the Horror genre.
Gothic, Supernatural, Non-Supernatural - whatever invokes FEAR and DREAD!

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING:

Short Plays - No more than 10 minutes in length.
Short stories - No more than 5 minutes in length.
Poetry - No more than 2 minutes in length.

Five Actors or Less – This does not mean five characters or less, it simply means
your short play, story, or poem must be able to be performed by a maximum of five actors.

NO STAGE DIRECTIONS – While this may seem obvious given our “radio” format, it is important to remember that your play is conveyed through the dialogue, music, and sound effects.

Please do not submit recorded radio plays, stories or music.

We are not accepting produced radio plays.

Multiple submissions are acceptable, as long as you follow the guidelines listed above.

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Please send your submissions (or questions) to:
submissions@smallfishradio.com

Please follow us on Facebook for news of our next call for submissinos.

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Small Fish Radio Theatre and Thespinarium produces portable theatre for the ear. Since 2012 we’ve produced  over 30 podcasts featuring the work of over 50 artists from around the world. We’ve recorded live at  Chicago Fringe, Chicago Dramatists, The Biograph at Victory Gardens Theatre, and Simon's Tavern in Andersonville.

Small Fish Radio Theatre was a top-featured podcast on Atlanta Fringe Audio for four years running.
Whether recorded before a live audience or in the studio, our podcasts are offered for free here
on iTunes and via our website - smallfishradio.com.

23rd One Act Festival - Ten Below

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The Fine Arts Association will once again showcase 10-minute original plays.

NOTE:  We will accept previously produced scripts EXCEPT those which had full productions in the state of Ohio.

Those chosen will be fully produced as part of the 23rd Annual One Act Festival — Ten Below in April, 2020 at The Fine Arts Association. 

Submission deadline is Tuesday, October 1, 2019.   

Only ONE 10-minute submission will be accepted per playwright. Submit your favorite!  The number of plays to be produced will be at The Fine Arts Association’s discretion and will depend on the mix of qualified submissions.   Original plays accepted for the Festival will be announced between January 13-24, 2020.  The plays selected will be given full production within the capabilities and budget of The Fine Arts Association. There are no submission fees for this Festival. There will be no monetary stipend for plays produced in the Festival. 
Festival Submission Guidelines
  • 10-minute play submissions must be original by the playwright.  Plays that have had staged readings will be accepted. Plays that have received full productions, either professional or amateur, in the state of Ohio prior to submission will not be accepted. 10-minute plays produced out of the state of Ohio will be accepted. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.
  • Limit of ONE play may submitted by each playwright.  
  • Maximum Length: 10 pages not including title pages.  Play should run in the 10 minute range.  Longer submissions will not be considered.
  • Scripts may be comedy and drama.  Not open to musicals.  No more than 6 characters.
  • Simple set and costumes needs and minimal technical requirements.   Only basic furniture and minimal props available for the production.
  • Plays must be submitted with a title page listing the following contact and bio information: 
  • Playwright’s name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address and a brief biography.
  •  International submissions are welcome.  All scripts must be in English.
  • All play submissions will be handled with care. However, The Fine Arts Association assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.
  • E-mail Guidelines: 
  • Submissions may be e-mailed to ahedger@fineartsassociation.org.  E-mail submissions must be received by The Fine Arts Association by Tuesday, October 1, 2019 to be considered.
  • Preferred document format:  Microsoft Word or .PDF files ONLY.  No other formats will be accepted.

Mailing Guidelines:


Mail submission to:   
Ann Hedger,
Ten Minute Plays,
The Fine Arts Association,
38660 Mentor Avenue,
Willoughby, Ohio 44094
Mailed submissions must be postmarked by October 1, 2019 to be considered for the Festival.

Mailed submissions must be securely bound with a title page containing full contact and bio information as outlined above.

Scripts will not be returned.  Scripts not selected will be shredded then recycled.
Selection & Notification Information:

-        Selections will be made by The Fine Arts Association Performance Department and inclusion in the festival is solely at their discretion.  All decisions are final.

-        All submitting playwrights will receive an email notification upon receipt of their scripts.  Notification of final decisions will be made by e-mail between January 13-24, 2020.

Monday, September 9, 2019

EAST VILLAGE CHRONICLES, VOLUME 15 Call for New One-Act Play Scripts

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Now entering our 28th season, Obie Award-winning Metropolitan Playhouse is currently accepting submissions for its 15th presentation of East Village Chronicles, a festival of previously un-produced, one-act plays inspired by the diverse population, culture and history of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Playwrights of all races, religions, ethnicities, nationalities, gender identities, backgrounds, and political views are encouraged to submit.

There is an honorarium of $100 for each script accepted for production.

THEME
Only plays pertaining specifically – though not necessarily exclusively – to the East Village and/or Lower East Side of Manhattan will be considered. Particular consideration will be given to plays that relate this season’s comprehensive theme of Dissent to this subject matter. Playwrights are encouraged to respond directly, indirectly, and creatively to this idea; how a play about the East Village and/or Lower East Side includes Dissent is up to the playwright.

DEADLINE
To be considered, scripts must be received by January 31, 2020.

SUBMISSION DETAILS

If at all possible, scripts should be sent by email to Producer Sidney Fortner, at EVC15@metropolitanplayhouse.org.

Emailed scripts must be in PDF format.

Alternatively, printed scripts may be mailed to:

Metropolitan Playhouse
East Village Chronicles
220 East Fourth Street
New York, NY 10009

SCRIPT FORMAT REQUIREMENTS

Include the playwright’s name, contact information, and a brief, one-paragraph plot summary on the title coversheet of the script. Additionally, scripts need page numbers.

TECHNICAL GUIDELINES
We are seeking new plays of no less than 10, no more than 30 minutes in length that can be played by five or fewer actors. Each play will be presented as part of a program of one-acts and consequently should not require elaborate set or properties.

PRODUCTION SPECIFICS

Performance dates (subject to change): June 2-14, 2020. Rehearsals are estimated to begin approximately four weeks previous to opening. Each play will receive eight performances.

Plays will receive at least one informal reading shortly after selection, in order to give the playwright an early opportunity to hear their new work and respond to any questions raised by actors and any Metropolitan artistic staff who may be in attendance.

Rehearsals and performances will take place on Metropolitan Playhouse’s threequarter thrust stage in our intimate, 51-seat theater located at 220 East Fourth Street, second floor, between Avenues A and B, in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

A director with significant one-act experience will be selected to direct all festival
plays. Playwrights are welcome at rehearsals, and playwright-director discussion is
encouraged.

Festival plays will be performed by a core company of actors cast specifically for the festival. While playwright input is highly desired, because we are forming a company, final casting decisions remain with Metropolitan's artistic staff.

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS

Any questions or concerns may be directed to Producer Sidney Fortner by either email or phone. If emailing, please include a reliable phone number.

Phone: 212-995-8410
Email: EVC15@metropolitanplayhouse.org

Bigfoot by Moonlight Play Festival

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Stemming from traditional legends and myths and adapting to a multicultural world, the Bigfoot by Moonlight Play Festival is a call to our audiences and artists to celebrate and share stories from our own back yard that define and challenge the essence and perceptions of who we are as a diverse community of storytellers and theatre-makers sharing the future together.

The structure of the festival will mirror stories, plays, and legends that have been performed for audience throughout the course of human existence: sitting around a campfire watching a narrative being presented and sharing in the communal act of performance.

THE PURPOSE

To promote Theatre as an artistic medium for expression.

To give voice to emerging (and established) playwrights, directors, performers, designers, and theatre-makers in the Inland Northwest area.

To promote the tradition of storytelling and legend-making; specifically the legends surrounding Bigfoot (in the legends various regional and cultural permutations).

To inspire and encourage the next generation of theatre-makers to explore community and community-building through the medium of theatre and storytelling.

Bigfoot by Moonlight Play Festival
Contest Rules

Plays may be on any subject and written in any style.

Plays should incorporate Bigfoot in some meaningful way for consideration. The incorporation can be either direct (with Bigfoot as an active part of the narrative) or indirect (where Bigfoot only has some limited connection to the action of the piece). As long as the play involves Bigfoot, then it is eligible for consideration. We will also accept plays dealing with Sasquatch, Sésquac, Yeti, Abominable Snowman, Yowie, Almas, Skunk Ape, Grassman, Wendigo, Orang Pendek, Mapingauri, or Yeren.

Plays produced in the festival will be subject to the limitations of the performance space, and may require slight alterations – playwrights will be consulted before any changes or adaptations are made.

Play must not exceed 30 minutes - shorter works are preferred. Time will be strictly enforced.

Playwrights must hold the copyright for the work submitted.

Plays will be judged as to style, content, concept, and relationship to Bigfoot. Both the playwright’s use of Bigfoot and the overall “theatricality” of the piece will be judged.

Multiple entries may be submitted by an author.

Hard Copy or emailed PDF Submissions are accepted.

There is NO Submission fee.

Plays should be written using Dramatists Guild Format.

Cover page should include title, author’s name, address, telephone number, and email.

Emailed PDF copies of the script should be sent to:

Ashley.DeMoville@sfcc.spokane.edu

Hard Copy script submissions should be stapled or bound. Scripts should be mailed to:

The Spartan Theatre
Spokane Falls Community College
Bigfoot Play Submissions
Attn: Ashley DeMoville - MS 3050
3401 W. Fort George Wright Drive
Spokane, WA  99224

Scripts must be emailed or post marked by SEPTEMBER, 23 2019.

Scripts will not be returned. DO NOT SEND YOUR ONLY COPY OF THE SCRIPT.
Applicants will be informed by OCTOBER 7, 2019, if their play is to be included in the Bigfoot by Moonlight Play Festival.

 Scripts must be typed, double spaced on 8.5 x 11 (or A4 for international submissions) white papers. Hand written scripts will not be considered.

The Spartan Theatre, Spokane Falls Community College, and Community College of Spokane System are not responsible for lost, damaged or undelivered scripts.

No revisions will be accepted after the original submission.

The judges reserve the right to accept or reject any script submitted.

Previously produced plays are accepted.

No oral or written critique will be provided for submissions.

The decisions of the judges will be final.

Winning playwrights will have a reading/production of their work. Production will take place in The Spartan Theatre at Spokane Falls Community College, or possibly in an alternative location on or near the college campus.

The Spartan Theatre will select a director who shall control all artistic interpretation of the script, casting and production. No script changes will be made without the playwright’s written approval.

By submitting your script, you agree to allow The Spartan Theatre to produce your work on stage (either as a reading or a full production) for the “Bigfoot by Moonlight Play Festival” in October 2019 without any recompense or royalties. You further allow performances to be photographed for publicity purposes. The Spartan Theatre at Spokane Falls Community College may request to record performances for archival purposes, for which you will receive a free copy.

 If your script is published at a later date, The Spartan Theatre and its producer, directors, and actors will receive premier billing.

Playwrights retain all rights to their own original work.

Send questions to: Ashley.DeMoville@sfcc.spokane.edu

Organization Info:
https://sfcc.spokane.edu/What-to-Study/humanities-thought-expression/Theatre

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SpokaneFallsTheatre/

Sunday, September 8, 2019

TARGET MARGIN THEATER INSTITUTE 2020

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Deadline: September 30, 2019

 WHAT IS THE INSTITUTE
The Institute is a year-long fellowship (January – December) that harnesses Target Margin Theater’s history of nurturing emerging talent, providing a $1,000 stipend, support and space for five diverse artists to challenge themselves and their art-making practices. The Institute is a place for open-ended questioning and experimentation within, and at the edges of, the form of theater.

There is no curriculum or “teaching” structure. There is no final result or project. The Institute values form-breaking work, artistic originality and process over production. The core goal is rigorously to question our own assumptions about what the theater is, what it could be, and what we would like it to be. We demand only that Fellows push these principles and challenge themselves continuously.
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STIPENDS – Each Fellow receives a $1,000 stipend to relieve financial burdens and nurture their artistic practice.

INTENSIVES – Fellows gather quarterly for 3 - 5 day retreats throughout the 2020 year (January – December). These are led by Target Margin Artistic Director David Herskovits and Associate Artistic Director Moe Yousuf, and the Fellows themselves. Intensives provide space and time for Fellows to collaboratively play / practice / test existing performance and theatrical frameworks.

EXPERIMENTS – Each Fellow will engage in an artistic experiment. It might test an idea; question a principle the Fellow becomes interested in; allow the Fellow to change their process or working approach; or challenge the Fellow’s assumptions about collaboration. It has no performance goal or production outcome.

OPEN STUDIOS – In late fall 2020 we will host a one day event in our space open to our local community and peers in the field. The form of the Open Studios will be shaped by the Fellows and created to highlight their specific ways of working within our Institute throughout the year. It may be an open showing, an invited rehearsal, conversation, facilitated dialogue, or participatory event.

ADVENTURES – Throughout the year, TMT organizes extracurricular experiences for Fellows to attend as a group. Past Adventures have included intimate conversations with visionaries such as Richard Foreman, visiting the Library for Performing Arts’ Archive of Recorded Sound, Special Exhibitions at Pioneer Works, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, attending a Godzilla Film Festival at Japan Society, visiting the Dream House, or hosting a spontaneous dance party.

BREAKFASTS – Fellows and TMT Artistic Staff have breakfast together one morning each month; this is an opportunity for informal sharing, conversation, and reflection. We ask that all Fellows commit to attending as many breakfasts as possible. After all, it’s the most important meal of the day.

 WHO SHOULD APPLY?

We are looking for five artists who have demonstrated a serious commitment to their artistic practice and an interest in the TMT’s principles, and are ready to move in a radical new direction. Fellows should be poised to embrace the open- ended questioning that guides the Institute.
Applicants may emerge from any theatrical discipline (actors, designers, writers, directors, producers, stage managers, administrators, etc.). We will also accept applications from other artistic fields (music, visual art, literature, etc.) as long as the connection to performance is clearly articulated.
The Institute is a substantial time commitment and given the Institute’s unstructured nature, Fellows must be energetic and motivated to initiate and shape their work. The Institute is for artists who have already established a serious professional practice and are now looking to extend, disrupt, and transform it.

HOW TO APPLY

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE?
WE ARE ACCEPTING 2020 INSTITUTE APPLICATIONS FROM SEPTEMBER 3 – 30, 2019.
We will then review applications and conduct interviews, with the aim of choosing our Fellows by December 15, 2019.'
OUR FIRST INTENSIVE WILL TAKE PLACE IN JANUARY 2020.
All Intensives are mandatory and if you are not available at this time we advise you to apply in a later year. The remaining three Intensives sessions (spring, summer, fall) will be scheduled in consultation with the Fellows.
FOCUSED EXPERIMENTS / OPEN STUDIOS COMMENCE IN LATE FALL 2020.
Exact dates will be scheduled in consultation with the five Fellows, however if you are already aware that you have extensive conflicts in Fall 2019 we recommend that you apply in a later year.
BREAKFASTS BEGIN JANUARY 2020.
We meet once a month for a communal breakfast in the great state of Brooklyn. Our first breakfast will be scheduled (and those thereafter) in consultation with the Fellows.

ADVENTURES ARE CONTINUOUS. AS THEY SHOULD BE.

1. COMPLETE OUR ONLINE APPLICATION

2. EMAIL YOUR RESUME / BIO & YOUR SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS TO: INSTITUTE@TARGETMARGIN.ORG.

#ShePERSISTED: a festival of staged readings (Bloomington - Normal IL)

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New Plays Needed by  Womxn, Femme, and Non-Binary Playwrights for #ShePERSISTED: a festival of staged readings presented by Coalescence Theatre Project

Coalescence Theatre Project is accepting submission of new plays by Womxn, Femme, and Non-Binary playwrights for the 2020 #ShePERSISTED festival.

The company, based in Bloomington-Normal, IL, will select four plays to be presented in staged readings open to the public on January 25th and 26th, along with discussions about the work. Plays should be at least 75 minutes in length.

All submissions made by October 1, 2019 will be given full consideration. 

Submit plays to coalescencetheatre@gmail.com. Please include your name, pronouns, and best contact information on your script, as well as in the email. Selections are made based on merit, and in consideration of forming quartet of plays that, together, bring notable focus or useful contrast within the series. Thank you for sharing your work for consideration.

#ShePERSISTED Curators, Rachel Hettrick (she, her, hers) and Ann Haugo (she, her, hers)
Coalescence Executive Artistic Director, Don Shandrow (he, him, his)

The Coalescence Theatre Project is a nationally recognized and award-winning theatre that exists to incite our community to thoughtful action. Our logo, an abstract representation of the genetic tree of life, reminds us that we all come from one common Ancestor.

We focus on unheard stories and offer a place where the silent and the underrepresented have a voice. Coalescence Theatre Project aspires to be a home where play, discovery, and learning are celebrated and our audience reflects the diversity of the community we serve. Our mission is equity and inclusion in the exploration of identity and our place in a global community.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

The Premiere Play Festival 2020

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Through the Premiere Play Festival, Premiere Stages has developed many plays that have gone on to have successful productions in New York and at regional theatres throughout the country. We strive to facilitate relationships between writers and theatre professionals who we think will respond to their work, in hopes that plays developed at Premiere will go on to subsequent productions. We offer Play Festival winners the option to retain the coveted “World Premiere” brand on their plays. Additionally, Premiere’s productions are consistently reviewed, scouted by major publishing houses, and honored by the American Theatre Critics Association.

Submissions due DEC 1 2019
   
Premiere Stages will accept submissions of unproduced plays written by playwrights affiliated with the greater metropolitan area from September 1, 2019 through December 1, 2019. All plays submitted to the festival are evaluated by a panel of professional theatre producers, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, and publishers. Four finalists are subsequently selected for public Equity readings in March 2020.

Awards

Following the Spring readings, one play is selected for an Equity production in the Premiere Stages 2020 Mainstage Season and receives an award of $2500. The runner-up receives a 29-hour staged reading and $1000. The two other finalists will each be awarded $750.

Premiere Stages is committed to supporting a diverse group of writers; playwrights of all backgrounds, ages, and experience levels are encouraged to apply.

Submission Guidelines

All plays must be submitted as a PDF.
  • Plays must be full-length and have a cast size of no more than eight.
  • Plays must be unpublished and unproduced (readings and workshops are okay), with no productions and/or publication currently scheduled through September 2020.
  • Playwrights must have strong affiliations with the greater metropolitan area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware).
  • Musicals, adaptations (of existing plays or other sources), and solo shows are not eligible.
  • Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.
  • Please contact Premiere Stages to inquire about submitting a script that has been previously submitted.
  • Playwrights must be available for the development of their script (see the 2020 schedule table).
  • Submissions are accepted September 1, 2019 through 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2019. Submissions sent early in the submission window are strongly encouraged.
  • All plays must be submitted as a PDF to:  premierestages.submittable.com/submit. Hard copies will not be accepted.

QUEER SCARE VI

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The Village Playwrights announce a call for submissions for Queer Scare VI, staged readings of 10 minute plays to celebrate Halloween on Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 from 7 to 9 pm at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC.   
Requirements:
  • Playwrights must be from Metro New York area
  • Plays must be under 10 minutes (no more than 10 pages in standard format.) 
  • Plays must be about Halloween, the supernatural or scary from a Gay perspective.
  • Plays are to be read script in hand, minimally staged with no props; actors must stand 
  • You must produce the reading of your own play including casting and a minimum of 2 hours rehearsal.
  • Deadline for submissions is Oct 3, 2019, 5 pm.
  • No fee to submit

To Submit:

send your play as an attachment to villageplaywrights@gmail.com
your name and contact information should be in the body of the email but not on the script.
only put the name of your script on the subject line
For more information call 614-285-2515. 

Guidelines for writing a good short play:
  • Engage your audience quickly by getting to the conflict immediately.
  • Surprise the audience; don't rely on cliches.
  • Make the audience laugh or become emotional.
  • Create vivid characters.  Give them names. Naming your characters "Man" and "Woman" usually means your characters are not fully developed.
  • Show, don't tell.
  • Be original.
  • Limit your play to 3-4 characters.
  • The situation should be compelling.
  • Communicate non-verbally.
  • Make use of the space and props.
  • Don't be afraid to be shocking.

New Village Arts submission guidelines

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Hello Playwrights! We would love to read your play. Before submitting, please be sure to review the New Village Arts Mission Statement, current season and production history to determine if your work will fit with NVA.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
  • Playwright contact information including phone number and email address
  • A full description/synopsis – including all major plot points and the climax of the play (ideally 1 page or less)
  • Any relevant production history
  • Character descriptions/casting requirements
  • First 10 pages of script (if mailing, please make sure this is unbound)
  • Musicals: CD or MP3 Files of music/songs (please do not send sheet music)

Please submit your packet via email (preferred) to newplays@newvillagearts.org or via US Mail (or alternate service) to:

New Village Arts
c/o AJ Knox
2787 State Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Submissions that do not follow the requirements above will not be accepted. We will contact you upon receipt of your materials, and will follow up as soon as possible via email.

Snowdance 2020

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OOHP accepting submissions now through November 1st 2019

Over Our Head Players is accepting submissions for the "2020 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival," now through November 1. "Snowdance®" entry is open to original 10 minute or shorter comedies for the stage. 

Winning entries will be performed together in one theatre presentation by the OOHP Snowdance ensemble at Sixth Street Theatre for five weeks beginning January 31, 2020. The entire Snowdance production will be presented 24 times during the run. At each performance, audience members can vote for their favorite individual comedy; the audience favorites will earn cash prizes for the playwright. 

Entries may be sent to 

SNOWDANCE, 
c/o Sixth Street Theatre, 
318 Sixth Street, Racine, Wisconsin, 53403. 

Alternatively, entries may be sent by email to snowdance318@gmail.com.

Rules for the Snowdance Comedy Competition, which is open to everyone without age or geographic restriction, are relatively simple. In summary, competition is open to unpublished, 10 minute or shorter comedies free of royalty and copyright restrictions. 

Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered. Entries must be postmarked by November 1, 2019. 

The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be included on the title page and only the title page. 

The title page should also include a cast list and a one- to three- sentence synopsis of the play. 

Plays can have a cast of one to five characters; plays should be easily staged, avoiding elaborate set requirements. 

Through November 1st - Call for scripts.
November - Scripts chosen for production will be announced.
January 31 – March 1, 2020 - Run of festival performances.
March 1, 2020 (immediately after final performance) - Announcement of "Best in Snow."

To enter a script, please follow these steps:
Competition is open to original 10 minute or shorter plays free of royalty and copyright restrictions. 

Submission is considered to be approval to produce the piece without royalty if selected for production in the Snowdance Festival. Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered.

Plays must run 10 minutes or less. A rule of thumb - 1 page (8 1/2 x 11) of single spaced, average dialogue will total about 90 seconds. Read it out loud - time it – test it – and re-write if need be.

Submissions must be postmarked on or before November 1st 2019.

Manuscripts must be on standard 8-1/2" x 11" paper, cleanly typed and securely bound. Scripts should follow standard format. (Check any scriptwriting book in your library)

Plays can have a cast of 1 to 5 characters and should be easily staged. Avoid any elaborate set requirements. And remember it is a 'COMEDY FESTIVAL'.

The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if applicable) should be included on the title page and only the title page. The title page should also include a cast list, set requirements, and a 1 to 3 sentence synopsis of the play.

Submit one (1) copy of your script.
Send scripts to:
SNOWDANCE
C/O Sixth Street Theatre
318 Sixth Street
Racine, Wisconsin 53403

Any questions can be directed to Rich Smith at 262-632-6802 or by e-mail at snowdance318@gmail.com

Plays selected for the festival will be produced by Over Our Head Players.

Friday, September 6, 2019

NEW CLASSES ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND: The First Draft and Strengthening Your Process Workshop at Primary Stages ESPA

Primary Stages ESPA has added some new classes for the Fall semester! Whether you’re working on a new play or just need a weekend dedicated to your craft, we’ve got the new class for you. See below for details about our added section of The First Draft with Tasha Gordon-Solmon, and our new workshop, Strengthening Your Process while Keeping Your Voice with Crystal Skillman. Or if you’d like to get to know us better, come to our FREE Mixer and Workshops next week!

Instructor: Tasha Gordon-Solmon (Writer and Director; Faculty, NYU Graduate Playwriting Program)

Tuesdays 6:30 - 9:30pm
September 17, October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10

Tasha aims to create a fun, safe, and productive space where you can get the feedback you need to create the best version of the play you want to write. The class is structured as a workshop, where the majority of time will be spent reading work aloud and discussing it. Tasha will guide the discussion and tailor her notes to your style and goals. She'll also use those feedback sessions as a jumping off point to discuss larger playwriting concepts that can be applied to everyone's work.

In the first class, Tasha will lead you through a comprehensive series of exercises to help you begin a play or clarify your vision for a play you have already begun. For the first half of the semester, you will bring pages every week (about 5-10), and for the second half of the semester, you'll be able to bring in longer sections (about 15-20 pages) every other week. She will also give exercises intermittently based on the work happening in class. There is flexibility depending on where you are at, and you'll check in with Tasha about your individual goals throughout the semester. By the end of the class you'll have most—if not all—of a new play, along with a toolbox of writing techniques and exercises to apply to your work in the future.

Tasha writes plays that are theatrical, language-driven, and darkly comedic. She is obsessed with form, and a lot of the class exercises will focus on exploring different theatrical tools and styles. All voices and writing styles are welcome and encouraged!

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Instructor: Crystal Skillman (Writer, Open, Geek, Pulp Vérité, Mary and Max)

Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27
12:00 – 5:00pm both days

In writing any work, you’re at your best and most clear when you can drive your own process to strengthen your craft and deepen your story. In this 2-day workshop, playwright Crystal Skillman will share her personal writing process for structure and drama, helping you figure out how to strengthen the nuts and bolts of your writing while keeping true to your own voice. 

This workshop might be for you if you are:
  • An emerging or established playwright who wants to better guide their own writing process and be able to analyze their craft regardless of content.
  • A new writer looking to better understand playwriting as a craft and how to harness your own voice in your writing.
In this workshop you will:
  • Through a series of in-class exercises and discussions, deepen how you guide your own journey while writing and how to better dissect feedback.
  • Mindfully explore how the elements of drama work in your writing and how to use and incorporate that in every story.
  • Discover dynamic theatrical ways to strengthen the message of any story you write, why you’re telling it, and how to relate it to the world today. Your story has a function – writing the story isn’t enough.
  • Do probing exercises on day 1 to generate new ideas. You’ll then pick one of these ideas to explore in depth the next day.
  • On day 2, apply your new idea to exercises including cause and effect, the relationship between language and action, two-person scenes, and strengthening your dramatic question.
By the end of this workshop you will have: 
  • An understanding of how to lead your own process to best discover and serve your story.
  • The ability to strengthen your beats, analyze scenes for their strengths, harness dramatic action, and discover why you are writing – for this and any play you work on.

PRIMARY STAGES FREE EVENT: Fall Mixer and Workshops



Thursday, September 12 from 5:00 - 8:00PM

Join us on September 12 for an evening of free workshops and pizza! This is a great opportunity to get to know our community and study with some of our favorite faculty members.  

7-8pm: Getting it Written with Mêlisa Annis (Writer, Director, and Dramaturg; Faculty, NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing Program)

All events are free and open to the public. Please RSVP using the links above to secure your spot. All Mixer and Workshop events will be held in our studios, located at 307 West 38th Street (btw 8th and 9th Avenues), Suite 1510.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere. 


Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Oregon Contemporary Theatre submission guidelines

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Script Submissions
Oregon Contemporary Theatre currently accepts script submissions from both playwrights and agents. While taste is ultimately subjective, here are some guidelines that may help determine whether your play is right for us:

- As a general rule, we do not currently produce children's theatre, screenplays, one-acts shorter than 90 minutes (full-length plays without intermission are accepted), or collections of one-act plays.

- OCT is looking for scripts that fit our mission. We are eager to produce bold works that challenge and inspire our community, encourage dialogue, and support positive change. We encourage you to explore our current and past seasons to give you an indication of the quality of works we are looking for.

- OCT also looks for scripts that fit well with our resources. As such, we respond well to works that will play well in an intimate, 3/4-thrust setting, with casts of 10 or fewer. However, your script will not be denied for having more than 10 characters.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high influx of submissions we receive and limited staff resources, only materials that fit our submission guidelines will be reviewed. If you send in a submission which does not fit these guidelines, you will be asked to make adjustments and resubmit your work.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
-  Submissions should only include the following, ALL AS PDF FILE(S) (may be condensed into a single PDF):
    *A 10-page sample of the playwright's work (If a sample strikes as a possible fit for OCT, we will contact you to request a full manuscript.)
    * Production/development history of the script
    * A clear cast breakdown
    * A brief plot synopsis
    * A brief playwright's biography

- All content submitted should be PDF(s); please do not include this content in the body of your email. We are not accepting Word, Final Draft or similar files at this time, nor are we accepting hard copy submissions.

- OCT is an active associate member of the National New Play Network. Please be sure to note if you have participated before in an NNPN showcase reading, Rolling World Premiere, or other NNPN program.

Questions and submissions should be emailed to Associate Producer Tara Wibrew:   Tara@octheatre.org with the subject line Script Submission.

Click here for information regarding submissions to the Northwest Ten Festival of 10-Minute Plays.

We have a small staff and endeavor to respond within 90 days of your submission, should we desire additional pages. OCT is invested in the development and longevity of playwrights and their works. Thank you for your time, your energy and your interest in OCT!

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